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From My Office

Oct 19, 2021
Housing for All
Rep. Torres Leads Effort in Urging Leadership to Keep Affordable Housing Investments in Build Back Better Act

Washington, DC – Rep. Ritchie Torres (NY-15) is joined by 123 Members of Congress in a letter to Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Schumer to push for the Build Back Better Act to preserve significant investments in affordable housing. As negotiations on the package move forward, members ask that any cuts do not come at […]


News & Announcements


Oct 27, 2021
Uncategorized

Rep. Torres: “There’s nothing rational about the modern Republican party”

Originally written by Ali Velshi for MSNBC As Democrats finalize what’s in and what’s out of Biden’s ambitious social spending plan, Congressman Ritchie Torres tells Ali Velshi “it’s a disappointment,” compared to the original draft, but “a fundamental improvement” from the status quo. “The design of our public policy should not assume permanent democratic control,” […]



Photo Credit: Greg Nash

Oct 20, 2021
In the News

House approves bill to strengthen IT supply chain following SolarWinds hack

Original article written by Maggie Miller for The Hill The House on Wednesday approved legislation to strengthen software and information technology supply chains at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and to help protect against attacks similar to last year’s SolarWinds hack.   The DHS Software Supply Chain Risk Management Act, sponsored by Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-N.Y.) passed […]



Oct 20, 2021
Other

Rep. Torres’s Software DHS Supply Chain Risk Management Act of 2021 Passes U.S. House of Representatives

Bill positions DHS as a federal leader in supply chain security  WASHINGTON DC – Today, Rep. Ritchie Torres’ (NY-15) DHS Software Supply Chain Risk Management Act of 2021 (H.R. 4611) passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop guidelines for identifying materials used in software development. […]


Issues

Housing for All


There is no issue more important to me than expanding access to safe and affordable housing. When I was growing up in the Bronx, public housing was a lifeline for my family. My mother struggled everyday to support her 3 children on $4.25 per hour, the minimum wage in the 1990s. I would not be where I am today without the stability affordable housing gave me and my family. I want to ensure every American, no matter their zip code, can say the same. 

We need more affordable housing to tackle the homelessness crisis. Every day, I’m fighting for the development of more affordable housing, a universal housing voucher program, a sweeping reinvestment in our existing public housing infrastructure to address billions of dollars of capital needs, and building back our housing infrastructure better, faster, and cheaper. You can count on me to make sure the Bronx gets its fair share.


Poverty


In the world’s wealthiest nation, poverty is a policy choice – not an inevitability. The continued public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have laid bare the systemic inequities stemming from decades of racism, poverty, and economic inequality. Congress needs to commit to enacting policies that prioritize the needs of the 140 million people in the United States who are poor, low-income, or one emergency away from economic ruin. With the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is now more important than ever that Congress supports and uplifts our most vulnerable populations – children and their families.

The crisis of child poverty strikes close to home for me. I am committed to reforming and expanding the Child Tax Credit, which would slash child poverty in half. The National Academies of Sciences panel on child poverty found an enhanced Child Tax Credit to be the single most effective tool for reducing child poverty in America. In the South Bronx, 68 percent of children are deprived of the full benefit because their parents earn too little. We owe it to children and parents to make the Child Tax Credit work for them.

I’m fighting every day to pass legislation that ensures the enhanced and expanded Child Tax Credit is made permanent. 98 percent of children in the South Bronx will benefit from the expanded Child Tax Credit. This critical investment in our children will improve educational and economic outcomes for future generations and break the cycle of racially concentrated poverty.

In Congress, I am committed to ensuring that health, housing, schools, and jobs are viewed as fundamental rights for everyone. By radically distributing resources and reinvesting in social services, we can build a social safety net that will guarantee a better tomorrow for everyone


Rebuilding the Economy


After the devastation and hardship New Yorkers experienced this past year, a post-COVID world cannot come soon enough. New York City risks becoming a shadow of its former self if we don’t make the right investments to get our economy back on track. 

The dual crises of COVID-19 and systemic racism have magnified the economic inequality that plagues our country, and we can’t afford to return to the pre-pandemic status quo. We need to give hard working people a fighting chance at success. 

As a member of the House Committee on Financial Services, I’m fighting every day to rebuild a more inclusive middle class. I’m in favor of increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, which would give millions of Americans a fighting chance at a better life by lifting people from poverty, narrowing racial pay gaps, and building a more equitable economy for everyone. 

I’m also a strong supporter of the labor movement, which is our best hope to revitalize the middle class. Strengthening unions is a pivotal step towards mitigating growing income inequality and worker safety concerns. Congress needs to significantly expand the rights of workers to unionize and enhance protections for those whose efforts to unionize are impeded by their employers.


Recent Votes


H.R.
8
Mar 11, 2021
Public Safety

Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021

outcome

Bill Passed

how i voted

Voted Yes

what it means for you

This bill establishes new background check requirements for firearm transfers between unlicensed individuals. It prohibits a firearm transfer between private parties unless a licensed gun dealer, manufacturer, or importer first takes possession of the firearm to conduct a background check.



H.R.
1443
Apr 13, 2021
LGBTQ+ Rights

LGBTQ Business Equal Credit Enforcement and Investment Act

outcome

Bill Passed

how i voted

Voted Yes

what it means for you

H.R. 1443 was my first bill to pass the House of Representatives. The bill prohibits credit discrimination for LGBTQ+ business owners by amending reporting requirements to include not only sex, but also sexual orientation and gender identity. Across the country, there are more than 7.7 million LGBTQ adults live in states that offer no protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. My bill offers anti-discrimination protections to members of the LGBTQ+ community where none might exist.



H.R.
1319

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

outcome

Bill Passed

how i voted

Voted Yes

what it means for you

This bill provides additional relief to address the continued impact of COVID-19 on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and businesses.


It is the honor of a lifetime to represent the Bronx. The pandemic has shown us how vital it is to address systemic issues of race, climate change, housing, & economic inequality. I look forward to fighting for change & for the Bronx’s essential workers in DC.

— Ritchie Torres